How to Be That Parent
Getting into the groove of back-to-school is no easy feat for parents. With these helpful tips & bright ideas, however, you'll be getting involved in no time. Check out an excerpt from guest blogger Allison McDonald below and click here to read her entire post.
By: Allison McDonald of NoTimeForFlashCards (This post originally appeared August 3rd, 2013 on NoTimeForFlashCards.com)
Last year my oldest went off to kindergarten and I didn’t have nearly as much time to volunteer in his class as I’d hoped. Parents are busy but kids and teachers need us to be involved. Children get more out of school when there are deep school to home connections.Volunteerspot works hard to make those connections easier than ever to make.
I was thrilled to hear about Volunteerspot’s free online signup sheets and scheduler to make organizing activities easier and faster for everyone. When they asked me to help promote their amazing back to school sweepstakes I was happy to jump on board.
Before we get to the rad sweepstakes let me share my 10 tips to be a great and involved parentthis year.1. Get your kids prepared. The whole school year will be smoother if your kids are ready for it from day one.
2. Fill out your calendar NOW. Add items as they are emailed and sent home in notices but don’t forget the main calendar from the school district. That mid winter break in February won’t sneak up on you if you take the time to add it to the calendar now.
3. Find time to block off for each child’s class. This might be twice a year or twice a week but being involved is much easier if you have set time aside.
4. If you are allowed to bake, cook or bring snacks make sure you have an updated list of food restrictions and allergies before you even think about what to make or bring in. Let’s all make it easier on families with restrictions by limiting how many times kids need to be excluded or put in potentially dangerous situations.
5. Label everything. EVERYTHING with your kids’ names. That way when your kids lose something ( and they will ) it’s easier to get it back.
6. If you can don’t just send gifts to your child’s classroom teacher, send them to specialists, office staff, bus drivers… and simple thanks are just as much a gift as any expensive item. This doesn’t have to cost you a cent.
There's more! Read the entire post HERE